Monday, October 08, 2007

MONDAY'S FAVORITES

Another Monday. Where does the time go? Today my favorites are three things that are in my personal "family museum" that I fully expect my daughter to carry on. Beth, are you listening?

This is my mother's wedding dress. Mom and Dad were married January 10, 1944. Dad was in the Army and was waiting to hear if he would be sent overseas. My mother's sister, my Aunt Esther, handmade this dress for her. It is ivory in color, ankle-length with a small slit in the front. It has slightly padded shoulders and beautiful "diamonds" hand appliqued on the bodice. There is a handmade slip that goes with it. There is also a belt, totally handmade. Aunt Esther was an excellent seamstress and made most of her own clothes back then.


The shoes were the shoes Mom wore that day. They are a size 6 which was a size smaller than she wore. Mom told me that she squeezed into the shoes, which killed her feet I am sure. But she loved them and it was her wedding day! They are beautifully made. I always loved these sweet shoes.




Here is a wedding picture taken by a photographer at their very small wedding luncheon after the ceremony. We have the actual photograph, but this was enlarged and hand-tinted. I was going to try to clean it and the frame up, but have decided to just let it be. Doesn't Dad look like Errol Flynn? Mom looks so happy and Dad has that bemused expression on his face that he often had.




Many weddings were short and sweet during WWII because the boys were so unsure where they were going or when. Mom and Dad were married in the office of Dad's minister with a few witnesses and family. Dad died a few days after their 51st wedding anniversary.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing these very special "favorites" of mine.



14 comments:

Lynne said...

Tina,

Your mom's dress is beautiful. And the picture of them - love it. That's your mom's great smile! And the look on your dad's face - I remember that look! What great people they were.

violetlady said...

Thank you, Lynne, my dear friend.

kimagruber said...

I love those shoes!!!!!

Literary Feline said...

I love memories like this--and the memorabilia. That is a lovely dress! And I especially love the photograph of your mother and father. :-)

shelleyroneill said...

I was so excited to see that you stopped by my blog! I'm enjoying reading yours, and love the pictures of your parents. I can see Beth in your mother. I'll visit often to see what you've added.

kris said...

How very special that you have these keepsakes! The dress is beautiful and the photo is simply wonderful. Cool frame too. I love your Monday Favorites posts!!

violetlady said...

Thank you Shelley. Beth was truly her Nanny's little girl.
Kris, thank you for your comment, as always.

kookiejar said...

That is a beautiful dress, and so timeless. A young bride could wear that today and no one would think it was a vintage dress. So pretty.

OhSoVintage said...

How lucky you are to have these. I love those shoes. I have my great grandmother's wedding dress which I could fit into ..once....

Leah in Iowa said...

Thanks for leaving your nice comment on my blog! =) Thought I'd stop by to "meet" you.

What a lovely dress! And shoes, too. Funny, but it almost looks like there are actual toes in them! Ha. And what an adorable couple your parents were! So young, and looking forward to their life together, full of hope and dreams. Awww...

I'll be back to visit you again!

justabeachkat said...

Hi there

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this evening. Please come back again...you're always welcome.

I've enjoyed my visit here. Loved this post. It's wonderful to have such sweet keepsakes of your parents.

It looks like we enjoy some of the same blogs :-)

Hugs!
Kat

Rosehaven Cottage said...

It is wonderful that you have these beautiful garments as part of your family history! How very special. Thank you so much for sharing. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

P.S. You have an award awaiting you over at Rosehaven Cottage.

Andi said...

Whata wonderful post. I did one earlier this year on my parents.

Your Mom is beautiful and your Dad so very handsome. My Dad is wearing his Navy uniform in my parents wedding picture.

How wonderful that you have your Mom's lovely handmade dress and beautiful shoes. What a treasure and keepsake.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

How wonderful to have your mother's wedding dress - and shoes too! A treasure for sure!

Katherine